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Krivan inks with Shawnee State

South Point Pointers’ senior Matt Krivan (center) signs a letter-of-intent to play soccer at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were his sponsor Bill Christian (left) and Pointers’ head soccer coach Zane Joy (right). (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

South Point Pointers’ senior Matt Krivan (center) signs a letter-of-intent to play soccer at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were his sponsor Bill Christian (left) and Pointers’ head soccer coach Zane Joy (right). (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

 

SOUTH POINT — When Matt Krivan arrived from the Czech Republic as a foreign exchange student, it didn’t take South Point Pointers’ soccer coach Zane Joy long to realize the importance of international trade.

“As soon as he came, the first day before we began to practice he worked out and we knew he could play. It was a smooth transition,” said Joy.

“We were good, but we needed a true scorer. We went from a good team that found it tough to score to a good team that could score.”

It didn’t take the Shawnee State Bears’ coaching staff long to realize Krivan’s talent and led them to sign the Pointers’ standout to a letter-of-intent.

Bears’ coaches saw Krivan play on several occasions and he worked out with the team and turned in an impressive workout.

“I became more eager. To get a chance to play against other colleges is awesome. I hope to get more experience and get to play pro soccer,” said Krivan who is expected to play striker for the Shawnee State Bears.

The path to the United States began when Krivan was chosen by sponsor Bill Christian. He immediately began gathering information about his United States’ destination.

“He picked me and he offered me. I looked at maps and some things about Ohio,” said Krivan.

So how is America?

“It’s awesome,” said Krivan with a big smile. “I live here but I have to change. I feel at home here. I feel my future is here.”

Maps along with facts and figures can only do so much. Krivan said there were a lot of adjustments playing against American competition.

“Other teams were pretty good. The people here care and communicate more and they are more helpful,” said Krivan.

Krivan was a first team Division II all-district selection by the Southeast Soccer Coaches’ Association after helping lead the Pointers to a 16-2 record and a sectional title, the best season and most wins in school history.